Easter fun-day

Ryah among thou­sands to at­tend Woodgate Fair

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JIM ALOUAT

GOOD TIMES: Easter Mon­day was Easter fun-day for Ryah An­der­son and more than 8000 oth­ers who at­tended the Woodgate Easter Fair.

WITH smiles on their faces and show bags in their hands, more than 8000 vis­i­tors from Mackay to Syd­ney ar­rived for the an­nual Woodgate Easter Fair.

From gourmet food stalls to the much-an­tic­i­pated re­turn of the camel rides, there was some­thing for ev­ery­one at Woodgate Sports Oval on Easter Mon­day.

Woodgate Com­mu­nity Events pres­i­dent He­len Brett said the an­nual event was a re­sound­ing suc­cess.

“It has been ab­so­lutely phe­nom­e­nal,” she said.

“The stall­hold­ers I’ve spo­ken to seem to be very happy.”

Mrs Brett said she caught up with vis­i­tors, many vis­it­ing Woodgate for the first time, who were sur­prised at the size of the event.

“I was talk­ing to a lady from Syd­ney who could not be­lieve such a small town could hold such a ma­jor event,” she said.

“It re­ally puts Woodgate on the map – that’s a cliché but that’s what it does.”

Mrs Brett said the event’s suc­cess could be at­trib­uted to the hard­work­ing vol­un­teers who be­gan their day early, di­rect­ing traf­fic and pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion.

“We had about 20 vol­un­teers on the day plus the clean-up crew,” she said.

“We had vol­un­teers from the Childers PCYC who came in at about 11am and cleaned up.

“The vol­un­teers are es­sen­tial and we couldn’t do this with­out them.”

Af­ter a five-year ab­sence, Mrs Brett said the camel rides proved popular with kids.

Woodgate Com­mu­nity Events sec­re­tary-trea­surer John Trevor said the event pro­vided a sig­nif­i­cant boost to the lo­cal econ­omy.

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CAMEL RID­ERS: Matthew and So­phie Zipf at the Woodgate Easter Fair on Mon­day.

El­yse, Re­nate and Jenna Katt with Bella.

Jake Scot­ney had his face painted.

Glenn and Eli Tay­lor.

Krys­tal and Isabella Bet­tridge.

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